Professional Development

Being an early childhood provider is not just “babysitting”. Early Educators are professionals. Children in early childhood classrooms benefit greatly when their teachers participate in professional development activities that expand and increase their knowledge and skills. Research shows that children that are exposed to quality early childhood education will become life long learners.

The Children’s Resource Center can help early educators with the many professional development choices available in our region. We will be glad to help write a professional development plan and help set goals for the future.

Below you will find links to assist you in supporting your professional development goals.

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All 58 schools in the North Carolina Community College System offer child care related coursework leading to an Associates Degree (AAS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Some colleges also offer a Certificate and/or Diploma in ECE before the AAS. Click here to find a community college near you


There are a variety of resources offering financial assistance for early childhood professional development. Among them are:

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